UIW Community Newsletter - January 24, 2020


UIW Recognized Among Best in Nation

The University of the Incarnate Word has once again been ranked high in the nation when it comes to Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report. In the publication’s 2020 rankings of 1,200 online programs, UIW ranked No. 52 and was rated higher when it comes to Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans, ranking No. 34.  U.S. News based its rankings on four categories: Engagement, Services and Technology, Faculty Credentials and Expert Opinion.

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“It is always great to be recognized by a publication such as U.S. News and World Report,” says Vince Porter, dean of School of Professional Studies. “We are very proud of the faculty and staff and the hard work they do. This is also really a reflection of the dedication of our students and the success they go on to have after graduating from our online programs.” 

UIW also ranked among the top 200 in Online Business Non-MBA (No. 92) and Online Business MBA (No. 185).

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In addition, UIW has been recognized for its MBA program, graduate school programs, and its effort to help students finish college by the website Abound.College. Austin-based Abound is a national college guidance system for degree-seeking adults. Its goal is to help students find the best place to earn an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, nursing degree or MBA.

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Abound’s top programs meet several criteria in each of four main areas: Accessibility, Affordability, Acceleration, and Advancement. Each school is evaluated through a key analysis of transfer-credit assessment data, career and support services, overall accessibility of campus resources, the breadth of engaged learning opportunities, and more. UIW, as with all institutions on the Abound website, was invited to join the cohort only after an exhaustive interview with the Abound team as well as a rigorous review of student satisfaction and success.


Our Lady’s Chapel Services

All are welcome

  • Noon mass Monday - Friday
  • Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation, 11:30 a.m. Fridays or by appointment with Fr. Tom Dymowski, O.SS.T. at
    (210) 829-3131 or  

Pray-a-thon 2020

As we approach the season of Lent, we invite you to Save the Date for Pray-a-thon 2020, set for March 22 – 29. Pray-a-thon is an invitation for our Brainpower schools and our UIW campus communities to join in solidarity, drawing on a shared vision of faith and learning, to work together as One Word.  While some events will find a place in our chapels, a hallmark of Pray-a-thon has been to take prayer to the people in unique and creative ways. We pray that each of you will enjoy a week filled with opportunities to experience prayer in different forms, expressions and traditions. For more information, please contact, Sr. Walter Maher, VP Mission and Ministry at


Our thoughts and prayers go to:

Upcoming Events

Black History Month Events

UIW is celebrating Black History Month through Monday, Feb. 24. Please consider attending the following events:

  • Jan. 21 – Color Your Vote and Black is Beautiful Affair, 5 p.m., SEC Ballroom
  • Jan. 28 – A Taste of Africa, noon, SEC Concourse
  • Jan. 30 – Honoring Activism: Black History Alumni Reception: Dr. Keely Petty, 6 p.m., SEC 2050
  • Feb. 3 – Black History Quiz Bowl, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Dubuis Lawn
  • Feb. 6 – Say Her Name: The Sandra Bland Story, 5 – 8 p.m., Mabee Library
  • Feb. 7 – Dr. Martin Luther King Path to Nonviolence, 10:30 a.m., AD 365
  • Feb. 12 – The Power of Black Love Panel, 6 p.m., SEC (TBD)
  • Feb. 20 – Black History Open Mic Night, 6 p.m., Red’s Pub
  • Feb. 24 – African America Read-in, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dubuis Lawn
  • Feb. 25 – The Different Voices of Power, 6 p.m., SEC Ballroom  

For more information, please contact Brandi Coleman at  

Cardinal Couples Mass

Did you and your significant other meet at UIW? Come back to our beautiful campus to receive a special blessing from Fr. Tom Dymowski. The annual Cardinal Couples Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 9 in Our Lady's Chapel.

After Mass, the UIW Department of Alumni Relations will have a sweet treat for all the Cardinal Couples in attendance. RSVP here.

Cowboy Breakfast

The annual UIW Employee Cowboy Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6 in front of the Kelso Art Center. Come enjoy breakfast with colleagues, a raffle and more! 

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Women's Global Connection: Girls Global Summit

Women’s Global Connection is celebrating its 8th Annual Girls Global Summit from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb.15 in the UIW McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. This event offers impactful and thoughtful cross-cultural engagement led by middle and high school girls from across the San Antonio metropolitan area. Exploring themes that resonate with our Girl Groups, conference attendees will engage in several round-table discussions and participate in leadership development exercises designed to embolden and inspire summit guests. Due to the donations from generous supporters, this event is free to attend. For more information and/or to volunteer, please contact Marlene Diaz at wgc.mdiaz@gmail.comClick here to register.

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Community News

MLK March 

On Monday, Jan. 20, members of the UIW community gathered to participate in the annual MLK March. Students, faculty and staff came together to represent UIW at the march, where they were joined by thousands of San Antonians marching to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and the ongoing fight for civil rights. View a recent UIW blog by Dr. Roger Barnes reflecting on the legacy of Dr. King. 

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SA2020 Impact Luncheon 

This week, UIW community members participated in the SA2020 Impact Luncheon and considered how UIW can be actively involved in community empowerment. Pictured left to right are Yesenia Caloca, Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability; Dr. Barbara Arando-Naranjo, provost; Dr. Ric Gonzalez, ECCLS director; Tamarra Mencey, Women’s Global Connection; Nicole Foy, WGC interim director; Dr. Ana De Hoyos O'Connor, WGC Board; Dr. Tracie C. Edmonds, Accounting and SA2020 Ambassador; Dr. Sandy Guzman Foster, Sr. Theophane Power Chair in Education; and Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, ECCLS and SA2020 Ambassador. 

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On Friday, Jan. 17, the UIW Department of Art hosted an opening reception for Nightfall, a collection by Joe Pena. The artist’s work explores issues of ethnic identity, including aspects of cultural, familial and social traditions, relating to his Mexican heritage. The subject matter, portrayed through various elements of still life, portraiture, and urban landscapes are a further reference and exploration into personal narratives as well as traditional and contemporary Mexican customs. His work has been featured in numerous print and online publications including Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection, Los Tejanos: Chicano Art from the Collection of Cheech Marin, Guitar Aficionado, Texas Monthly, The Austin American Statesman, ArtScope New England, and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. Selected collections include the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX; the Cheech Marin Collection of Art, Los Angeles, CA; and La Universidad de Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Méx. 

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Department News

Enrollment Services On Campus Filming

The Enrollment Services Communications team will be working with YouVisit, a virtual tour and map provider, to create a virtual tour feature for our website. The YouVisit team will be on campus from Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Jan. 30 to film multiple areas around campus. We encourage the UIW community to show off their Cardinal pride by wearing Cardinal gear during these dates! 

Search for Dean of Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

Dear Members of the University of the Incarnate Word Community, 

Academic Search is working with the University of the Incarnate Word in its search for the next Dean of the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions. We are reaching out to invite nominations from those of you in disciplines outside of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

For more information about this opportunity,  expectations, qualifications, and the application process, please review the ad and full position profile

To schedule a confidential call or offer nominations, please email or reach out directly to the consultants leading this search:

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best Regards, 

Sharon Welkey, Search Committee Co-Chair
Tim Wingert, Search Committee Co-Chair

Baseball and Softball Season Memberships on Sale Now

Baseball and softball season memberships are on sale now! Come out to support our student-athletes and coaches who have been working hard to prepare for the season. UIW faculty and staff receive 50 percent off all season tickets. 

2020 Baseball Memberships

  • First home game is Feb. 14, 2020
    • Reserved Covered Seating first and third Baseline: $75 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $150)
    • Reserved Seating Grandstand Bleachers (comes with a chairback and same seat location for all home games): $40 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $80)
    • General Admission Grandstand Bleachers (no specific seat location and no chairback): $25 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $50)
  • 2020 Softball Memberships
    • First home game is Feb. 7, 2020 (H-E-B Classic Tournament featuring UIW in five home games)
    • Reserved Seating Bleachers (comes with a chairback and same seat location for all home games): $25 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $50)
    • General Admission Bleachers (no specific seat location and no chairback): $20 per seat for faculty/staff (regular $40)

To purchase season memberships or for questions, contact UIW Director of Ticketing Alma Lara at 210-805-3012 or

Thank you and Go Cards! 

Cardinals' Cupboard: Donations Needed

Any UIW student, staff or faculty member is welcome to the Cardinals' Cupboard Food Pantry located at Joeris Hall on the UIW Broadway Campus. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Did you know 25% of children identified as food insecure in San Antonio and Texas is ranked #2 in the nation for food insecurity? Help us make a difference by making a donation to the Cardinals' Cupboard!

Top 10 Requested Items:

  1. Cereal
  2. Canned beans
  3. Tuna
  4. Canned soup
  5. Rice
  6. Mac and cheese
  7. Peanut butter
  8. Granola bars
  9. Pasta and pasta sauce
  10. Toothpaste/soap

Monetary and food donations may be dropped off at the Ettling Center in AD 158 or Campus Engagement in SEC 3150, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. To learn more about Cardinals' Cupboard, please contact the Ettling Center at (210) 283-6423.

Health-E News

Flu Shots Now Available!

Employee flu shots are now available at the UIW Health Services Clinic. To receive your flu shot, please visit the UIW Health Services Clinic located on the ground level of the Agnese Sosa parking garage. The entrance to the facility located behind the Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions.

When can I go? Employee Flu Shots are still available. Employee flu shots will be administered between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Please stop by at your convenience.

What will I need to bring? Medical Insurance ID, Driver License or University ID, and, if this is your first visit to Health Services, a completed New Patient Form.

What if I do not have UIW medical insurance? If you have other medical insurance, the clinic will bill your insurance. If you do not have medical insurance and are a full time UIW employee, you can still get your flu shot at Health Services and UIW will cover the cost.

What if I cannot make it to Health Services? You can also go to a participating pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, HEB, or your physician’s office.

Can my spouse or child get their flu shot at Health Services? At this time only UIW employees can receive their flu shot from Health Services.

While timing of the flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October. It is common for the flu season to peak between December and February, but it may last as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine by the end of October. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to protect against flu virus infection.

You have the power to fight the flu!

Athletic News

 Women's basketball players on the court

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  A UIW track team member runs down the track with a competitor close behind